Friday, May 30, 2008

Red 34

Our Corner on the bay...Red 34 marks the navigational turn from Brown's River and marks where most of our nautical routes begin and end. I can recall a few stormy days when it was a very welcome sight. :-)

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Radio Flyer

The ubiquitous Fire Island red wagon...in communities without vehicles wagons are invaluable means of conveyance. AND..a seasonal icon...

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Kayak Invasion

A local marina has started to rent kayaks and on nice Saturday mornings things can get a bit busy. This past weekend seemed to be a big money maker for the rental shop....

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Oliver Scott

At five months of age, ever alert and aware, Ollie takes it all in....Another proud grandpa photo!

Monday, May 26, 2008

A Grateful Nation



"...and how many seas must a white dove sail..." Answers still blowing in the wind...

Friday, May 23, 2008

Memorial Day Weekend

Summer's "unofficial start" begins this weekend. Gas prices may hold down on some of the usual holiday boat traffic but it's a sure bet that the Fire Island Ferries will be at capacity!

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Miss Daisy


More appreciations in one's own backyard.... :-) (click on image for large view!)

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Garden Girl

Sweet Woodrift in the garden...Soft rain and cool temperatures agree with the garden and this gardener. So far we have been rather "bug-free" making garden work more of a joy than a chore!

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Rainy Day

Looks like we are in for a few rainy days before the big weekend...

Monday, May 19, 2008

Blazing Tulips

Most tulips have had their moment to shine by Memorial Day weekend. This display at Westbury Gardens was very impressive. AND...Memorial Day? Didn't that sneak up on us rather quickly....!

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Louise

A new breed of pleasure craft that takes it's design from the fishing fleet, "downeaster" style lobsters boat are a pricey and sea worthy choice!

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Green One

Mid-May on the Great South Bay...Many boaters are still getting ready for a launch date, removing winter covers and painting bottoms. Some of the nicest weather and Saturdays are still uncrowded....my own reward for all that early Spring prep work!

Friday, May 16, 2008

The Backyard

Westbury House at Westbury gardens....now, these are people that need a riding mower!

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Tea Party Vouyer

Scene in a window...the Thatched Cottage playhouse on the grounds at Westbury Gardens displays toys from another era.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Gatesby Long Island

Be sure to click on the image for the best view of the mansion at Westbury Gardens. This "cottage" known as "Westbury House" was built in the early 1900's by John S. Phipps as a gift for his wife. While the residence is spectacular, the real show is the grounds (aka "The Garden").

Friday, May 09, 2008

Breeding Birds

Local controversy on Long Island's Fire Island...The National Park Service being well intentioned and perhaps misguided, has once again cardoned off expansive sections of beach to protect nesting Piping Plovers. Reported sightings of these birds are non-exsistent yet miles of beach remain "off-limits". On the East End some access points to the beach are closed off forcing residents to find lengthy detours to beachfront ajacent to their property. Anyone remember snail darters??

Thursday, May 08, 2008

Pond Reflections

Behman's pond.... Late afternoon mirror images make for a peaceful shot. (at least until the geese start fighting amongst each other again..)

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

The Helm

Function over form...The helm on many old tong clammers were outside the boat's cabin. This made maneuvering the boat, while working, an easier task. On display at the Suffolk Maritime Museum, West Sayville.

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Rowwboat

Wooden roaboats are few and far between now-a-days. Click on the image for the enhanced view and you may notice water in the bottom of this rowboat. In the early season it was a common practice to flood a rowboat causing the wood joints to swell and ensure a dry ride the rest of the season.

Monday, May 05, 2008

Roundabout Theatre

Amazing just how many times this play has been re-done and filmed in various styles. The original novel was written in 1790. Sexual intrigue, deception and betrayal have obviously always held human interest! I enjoyed the current production very much, the acting is excellent and the period costumes are stunning.

Sunday, May 04, 2008

May Fog

The first weekend in May brought us much needed rain. Down by the water the difference in air and water temperatures can create an ethereal fog with it's own style of beauty.

Saturday, May 03, 2008

Tulip Time

NYC's tulip bulb planting efforts are yielding beautiful results this Spring. The Park, medians and planters are ablaze in color this week!

Friday, May 02, 2008

Beach Bridge

Still looking at shots from our road trip to Florida.... This late afternoon shot was taken on a pedestrian bridge connecting Juno to the J.D. McArthur Park beach. The afternoon light was eye catching!

Thursday, May 01, 2008

Handsome Cab

The omnipresent Handsome Cab...Saturday morning in April and these Central Park icons are filled to capacity. Riders are eager tourists and (I imagine) a few locals who, "always wanted to do that"!